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Communist Party of China Regulations on Party Groups (For Trial Implementation)

Editor’s Note

In a short essay published by the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham on December 11, I observed how corporate social responsibility and corporate governance are two key dimensions of  “social credit”. I further observed how the use of lists, rankings, KPIs, standards, punishment-and-reward systems is neither new, nor exclusive to China.

Aside from these commonalities, differences exist between approaches to CSR in “the West”, and those followed in the PRC. One of the biggest differences involves the management and control of CSR efforts in China by the centre of political authority and legitimacy, and their exercize through multi-stakeholder initiatives involving state and private actors.

This approach to CSR is the most natural consequence of the relationship between Party and State in China. In fact, the role of the Party in driving CSR initiatives has been acknowledged by the 2008 SASAC Guidelines on Corporate Social Responsibility, by article 19 of the Company Law of the People’s Republic of China, and by several other legal documents available on this website.

Corporate social responsibility approaches and initiatives are shaped and influenced by contextual factors. A more nuanced understanding of CSR in China therefore, ought to be premised on deeper politological, economic, sociological analyses of the structural elements and circumstances forming the basic setting of CSR.

One of these structural elements – very well known to China watchers but somewhat ignored by scholars of CSR – is given by Party groups. Established in private and public enterprises (besides NGOs, educational institutions, state organs etc.) Party groups have been playing a fundamental role in promoting CSR efforts in private enterprises.

Reflecting the dual structure of the Chinese polity, these organizations are regulated not by the state law, but by the Chinese Communist Party. One of the most important regulations – with on-going annotations and references – is presented below.


Unofficial Translation

Communist Party of China Regulations on Party Groups (For Trial Implementation)

16 June 2017

Chapter I. General Principles

Article 1. The Present Regulations are enacted in accordance with the “Constitution of the Communist Party of China”, to further regulate the work of Party groups, strengthen and improve Party leadership, raise the Party’s governing capability, and give full play to the core leadership role of the Party in being in full control of the overall situation, and in coordinating all entities.

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Party Building as the Guide to Social Responsibility in Non-Public Enterprises

This post presents a translation of an article discussing the role of Party groups in CSR in private enterprises, published on the People’s Daily. The article was translated by Larry Catà Backer, and edited by me.

Party Building as the Guide to Social Responsibility in Non-Public Enterprises

Dang Qimin

November 06, 2017 16:27

People’s Daily

In 40 years of reform and opening up, non-public enterprises have become an important force to promote national economic development, ease the pressure on employment, and promote public innovation. The number, role and status of non-public enterprises determine the extreme necessity and importance of strengthening Party building in this area, and giving full play to the role of political core and political leadership of Party organizations. To make this work a reality, we do not only need to face the actual problems in our current work. We also need to find a breakthrough and a starting point for our work.

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The General Principles of Civil Law, Party Groups, and the Belt and Road Initiative

  The General Principles of Civil Law, Party Groups, and the Belt and Road Initiative Originally published in Chinese on the Forgotten Archipelagoes Blog, this short, 3,000 words web essay presents some thoughts about how China’s General Principles of Civil Law may contribute to more firmly entrenching the authority of Party groups in State-owned enterprises,…

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Central Organization Department Opinion on Strengthening Party Building in Schools Organized by Society

关于加强社会力量举办学校党的建设工作的意见

(中共中央组织部、中共教育部党组2000年6月6日印发)

随着教育体制改革的不断深化,在党和政府“积极鼓励、大力支持、正确引导、加强管理”方针的指导下,越来越多的企业事业组织、社会团体及其他社会组织和公民个人等社会力量投身到教育事业之中。社会力量办学事业快速发展,已成为我国教育事业的组成部分,为我国经济建设和社会发展培养了大批人才。为了加强党对社会力量举办学校及其他教育机构(以下简称社会力量举办学校)工作的领导,促进社会力量举办学校的健康发展,现就加强社会力量举办学校党的建设工作提出以下意见:

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Central Organization Department, Ministry of Civil Affairs Notice on Issues Relevant to the Establishment of Party Organizations in Social Groups

中共中央组织部、民政部关于在社会团体中建立党组织有关问题的通知

(1998年2月16日)

党的十一届三中全会以来,随着经济的发展和社会的进步,各类社会团体不断增多。这些社会团体在我国社会、经济、科技、文化发展以及对外交往中发挥着越来越广泛的积极作用。为加强社会团体党的工作,促进社会团体健康发展,现就在社会团体(不包括由国家确定其职能,核定编制,核拨经费,工作人员按国家公务员管理的社会团体)中建立党组织的有关问题通知如下:

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